A wedding in winter!

By Elaine West – N0rthernIslander

The phone call came out of blue on a cold and snowy Friday morning, January 31st.

“How would you like to come to a wedding this afternoon at our place?” asked Dennise Hoffman, who owns a summer home just down the way.

I glanced out the window as yet more snowflakes plummeted to the ground.

The wedding couple

The bride and groom loved their winter wedding on Beaver Island!

“Can you even get into your place?” I retorted, knowing that plowing their drive would be a major  undertaking. Assured that all would be in readiness for the ceremony uniting the bride, Ann Genco, and groom Tim Bethel. I happily accepted the invite.

Tim is a lifelong friend of Phil and was a groomsman in the Hoffman wedding some 37 years ago. Ann and Tim had dated for a year and when out to dinner with the Hoffmans, they suggested they come to Beaver Island to tie the knot. The couple happily agreed. “Ann thought it was an island in the Bahamas,” joked  Phil.

There were flowers, formal wear and champagne on ice. Phil and Dennise served as best man and matron of honor, with Bob Banville officiating at the ceremony. The couple took their vows and exchanged rings in front of windows overlooking frozen Lake Michigan. The bride and groom good naturedly  even posed for a photo out on the deck (she in a sleeveless dress, no less).After toasts and congratulations the group headed off to the Shamrock for a wedding feast.
It was great fun – a spontaneous celebration of friendship, an affirmation of true love, and the warmth of that afternoon brightened a winter’s day on Beaver Island.

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